142 iiiras OF two brothers., which union had also brought Alexander into nearer social intercourse with the friends of his brother, — such as Goethe, Wolff, Fran. von Yamhagon, Kareff, Colta, Gentz, &c. Many of "William^s friends had already been called from this life, wlien he was seized with debility in the winter 1834-5, — among them Niebuhr and Stein in 1831, Goethe and Gerrte in 1832, Hegel, and Schleiermacher. He was living at Tegel at the time, with his eldest daughter Caroline, the lady Adelheid von Hedemaxm, who had, with her husband, been living some years with her father autl Frail von Billow, while Alexander was in Berlin, anxiously awaiting news of his brother's health, as his nervousness, his stooping, and the trembling of his whole body, had alarmed him. Dieffenbach and Rust were attending him, but a cold which he took on, the birlh- day of his departed wife, over her grave, hastened his death ; he died on the 8th April, 1835, in Alexander1'** arms. During the last illness of his beloved brother, Alexander wrote a letter to "Varnhagen,* which ox- presses his fraternal grief; and immediately after his death, he wrote from Tegel to Arago, in Paris, which letter as evidently shows what the surviving brother * The letter is as follows : — ''Berlin, 6 o'clock a.m., 5th April, 1835, <e You, nay dear Varnhagen, who do not fear pain, but consider it reflectively in the depth of the feelings, you must receive a few wordrt of love which the two brothers feel for you in this mcmrnful time. The dissolution has not taken place yet. I left him at eleven o'clock last night, and hasten hither again now. Yesterday wuw «i Ions painful day : he was in a half soporific condition, had much and nut very restless sleep ; and, at each awaking, words of love and COIIHQ- latlon, and the clearness of his great intellect, which comprehendH everything, and examines its own condition. His voice WJIH very •weak, hoarse, and sharp, like a child's, therefore tho phywiciau ap- plied leeches to the larynx. He is perfectly conHcioun. * Think often of me/ he said, the day before yesterday, e but always cheerfully. I have "been very happy ; to-day also was a, happy day for mo» for love is the greatest happiness. I shall soon be with your mother, and comprehend the laws of the higher world/ I have m> horb, I did not think my old eyes could shed so many tears. It has lasted now eight days. "A, v.